Posted in Ideas, tagged affect, anarchism, capitalism, communism, dreams, labor, micro-politics, nightmares, politics, power, psychoanalysis, resistance, revolution, sabotage, schizoanalysis, war machine on August 14, 2012 |
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Posted in dissertation, tagged anarchism, arendt, D&G, deleuze, dumezil, escape, foucault, habermas, insurrection, materialism, micro-politics, nietzsche, nomos, police, politics, power, public sphere, publicity, sci-fi, sovereignty, the police, the state, Tiqqun, war, war machine on August 8, 2012 |
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The machine emitted strange buzzing, whirring, and clicking sounds. The noises unsettled casual observers, but to the technician, it made beautiful music. She had listened to its movements so many times that she did not have to look at the monitor to pick out the slow set of clicks that marked the beginning of each cycle. Tck… Tck… Tck… Tck…
The machines had been a triumph over the archaic technology that came before it. It took the dreams of stargazers and a few steady hands to crank out the first prototypes. Even the wildly imperfect geometry of the early models still hypnotized onlookers.
She was charged with maintaining a machine from a newer line. The introduction of this version of the machines had ushered in a new era. In her land, authorities were crushed under the feet of rebelling peasants. As nobles bickered with the monarchy, a new class claiming to “represent the people” had seized power. But instead of quelling the waters, wars became more bloody. And there are still dissident factions trying to destroy the machines through sabotage or even cruder methods.
It is her task to keep the machine running. The rules are clear. Polarize the field. Alternate poles. Keep everything in orbit. She had been trained in basic geometric correction, which usually entailed resetting the aperture but required redacting elements. While no one told her how to control for the creeping tide of noise, she had come up with some makeshift bypasses. But if a longterm solution was eluding her, her fellow technicians were probably in just as much trouble…
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Posted in dissertation, tagged anarchism, barbarians, conduct, counter-conducts, eschatology, foucault, micro-politics, modern state, nation, people, politics, power, ranciere, revolution, sovereignty, state, the state, unspeakable, war machine on August 8, 2012 |
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A number of mechanisms prevent the Modern State form accomplishing full totalization of the forces that surround it. From within the Modern State, there there paths of resistance always available by virtue of the mechanisms that keep it operating. The first internal resistance is revolutionary eschatology. The plodding history that underwrites the Modern State is short-circuited by the notion that one is living in the “end times.” Such a disruption dreams of the end of politics, the withering of the State, and a perpetual peace. This approach produces resistance by opposing the State with civil society. (STP 453). The second internal resistance is the right to revolution. While the Modern State does away with demanding allegiance, it requires obedience to the law. But those rules of obedience are occasionally broken. To change the law, some rise up and break the law. This approach produces resistance by opposing the State with the population (453-4). And the third internal resistance is partisan knowledge. The Police and Publicity of the Modern State act as if they hold the truth of what is happening, and what must be done. But some come to feel that every nation within the phenomenal republic of interests possesses their own truth and are entitled to their own knowledge. This approach produces resistance by opposing the State with nations (454). The intertwining of each of these three forms of resistance is incorporated into the Modern State even as they oppose the State, and therefore constitute its genetic makeup. Opposition to any particular Modern State through these mechanisms therefore ends with the incorporation of another. But the Modern State is not monolithic, rather, its escape routes are simply found elsewhere.
Decisive disruptions to the expansive geometry of the Modern State come from the outside. (more…)
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Posted in dissertation, tagged materialism, materiality, micro-politics, modern state, police, police science, politics, power, public sphere, publicity, science, sovereignty, space, spatialization, state, the state on August 5, 2012 |
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Spatialization is the third operation of the Modern State. Spatialization is the result of the Modern State breaking through the Absolute State’s totalizing despotism. Once separated from the circular logic of omnipresent authority, the Modern State is forced into a sober realization: sovereign power is only one force among many other possible forces. Given the pluralization of force, the Modern State responds by calculating power as a matter of physics. To produce this political physics, force is first materialized by slowing down the forces within its control. Land is appraised, people counted, commodities tracked, and conduct evaluated. From this ecology of forces, the Modern State slowly introduces linear time and a discretization of space to mark out discrete blocks of space-time that serve as the architecture for its power. Like a giant relief sculpture, the Modern States is a material form carved out of a single block to reveal what lies beneath. The Modern State begins from a territorial mass, framed from the earth, from which the sculpture will be formed. To stabilize its form and find the shape imagined to already exist inside, the Modern State first eliminates excessive forces through subtraction. (Land is partitioned, deviants locked up, black markets shut down.) Next, to bring the matter to life, it sets certain forces within that territory back in motion through manipulation. (The fields are seeded, goods made, and currency exchanged.) Next, to enhance, supplement, and cover up imperfections, it introduces institutions that intervene within forces through addition. (Emptied monasteries are made into factories, indigents put to work, and the army professionalized.) And lastly, to transact between the still porous inside and the world outside it, it enables exchange through substitution. (Regions annexed, skilled workers imported, and foodstuffs sold.) (more…)
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